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U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law

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By James Rosen

Published October 08, 2015
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Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision – a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars in U.S.-backed commerce with the Islamic regime – conflicts with existing federal statutes and cannot be implemented without violating those laws, Fox News has learned.

At issue is a passage tucked away in ancillary paperwork attached to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran nuclear deal is formally known. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 of Annex II provides that in exchange for Iranian compliance with the terms of the deal, the U.S. “shall…license non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by a U.S. person to engage in activities with Iran that are consistent with this JCPOA.”

In short, this means that foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent companies will, under certain conditions, be allowed to do business with Iran. The problem is that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (ITRA), signed into law by President Obama in August 2012, was explicit in closing the so-called “foreign sub” loophole.

Indeed, ITRA also stipulated, in Section 218, that when it comes to doing business with Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. parent firms shall in all cases be treated exactly the same as U.S. firms: namely, what is prohibited for U.S. parent firms has to be prohibited for foreign subsidiaries, and what is allowed for foreign subsidiaries has to be allowed for U.S. parent firms.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/08/exclusive-us-officials-conclude-iran-deal-violates-federal-law/

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Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism

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Sent secret cable accusing Tehran of 1996 Khobar Towers attack, but kept it from public

By John Solomon – The Washington Times – Monday, October 5, 2015

Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews.

Before Mr. Clinton left office, the intelligence pointing toward Iran’s involvement in the terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds was deemed both extensive and “credible,” memos show.

It included FBI interviews with a half-dozen Saudi co-conspirators who revealed they got their passports from the Iranian embassy in Damascus, reported to a top Iranian general and were trained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), officials told The Washington Times.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/5/bill-clinton-white-house-suppressed-evidence-of-ir/

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The Largest US Foreign Policy Blunder Since Vietnam Is Complete: Iran Readies Massive Syrian Ground Invasion

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On Thursday, in “Mid-East Coup: As Russia Pounds Militant Targets, Iran Readies Ground Invasions While Saudis Panic”, we attempted to cut through all of the Western and Russian media propaganda on the way to describing what Moscow’s involvement in Syria actually portends for the global balance of power. Here are a few excerpts that summarize what’s taking shape in the Middle East:

Putin looks to have viewed this as the ultimate geopolitical win-win. That is, Russia gets to i) expand its influence in the Middle East in defiance of Washington and its allies, a move that also helps to protect Russian energy interests and preserves the Mediterranean port at Tartus, and ii) support its allies in Tehran and Damascus thus preserving the counterbalance to the US-Saudi-Qatar alliance.

Meanwhile, Iran gets to enjoy the support of the Russian military juggernaut on the way to protecting the delicate regional nexus that is the source of Tehran’s Mid-East influence. It is absolutely critical for Iran to keep Assad in power, as the loss of Syria to the West would effectively cut the supply line between Iran and Hezbollah.

It would be difficult to overstate the significance of what appears to be going on here. This is nothing short of a Middle Eastern coup, as Iran looks to displace Saudi Arabia as the regional power broker and as Russia looks to supplant the US as the superpower puppet master.

In short, the Pentagon’s contention that Russia and Iran have formed a Mid-East “nexus” isn’t akin to the Bush administration’s hollow, largely bogus attempt to demonize America’s foreign policy critics in the eyes of the public by identifying an “axis of evil.” Rather, the Pentagon’s assessment was an attempt to come to grips with a very real effort on the part of Moscow and Tehran to tip the scales in the Mid-East away from Riyadh and Washington.

Solidifying the Assad regime in Syria serves to shore up Hezbollah and presents Tehran with an opportunity to assert itself in the name of combatting terror. The latter point there is critical. The West has long contended that Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror, and the Pentagon has variously accused the Quds Force of orchestrating attacks on US soldiers in Iraq after cooperation between Washington and Tehran broke down in the wake of Bush’s “axis of evil” comment.

Indeed, Iran was accused of masterminding a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador at a Washington DC restaurant in 2011.

Now, the tables have turned. It is the US, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar who stand accused of sponsoring Sunni extremists and it is Iran, and specifically the Revolutionary Guard, that gets to play hero.

Of course this would be largely impossible without Moscow’s stamp of superpower approval. The optics around the P5+1 nuclear deal were making it difficult for Tehran to be too public in its efforts to bolster Assad. That doesn’t mean Tehran’s support for the regime in Syria hasn’t been well documented for years, it simply means that Iran needed to observe some semblance of caution, lest its role in Syria should end up torpedoing the nuclear negotiations. Now that Moscow is officially involved, that caution is no longer obligatory and Iran is now moving to support Russian airstrikes with an outright ground incursion (just as we’ve been saying for weeks). Here’s WSJ:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-03/largest-us-foreign-policy-blunder-vietnam-complete-iran-readies-massive-syrian-groun

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Congressman Leonard Lance says No Deal on Iran Nuke Deal

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Sep 14, 2015
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WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus,released the following statement after a series of House measures were considered concerning the President’s nuclear agreement with Iran:

“Today I opposed the nuclear agreement with Iran because it does not prevent the world’s leading state-sponsor of terror from attaining nuclear weapons.  Instead the deal emboldens and legitimates an antagonist of the United States and Israel, a regime known for human rights abuses and the torturing of American hostages and an ally of the world’s worst actors.  The deal awards Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief without ensuring the permanent dismantling of its existing nuclear infrastructure, the promise of ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections, the elimination of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the advancement of freedom or any effort on Iran’s part to sever its many ties to terrorism.  And secret side agreements negotiated outside of public scrutiny further undermine that this deal will be verifiable and enforceable.

“This is the one of the most consequential votes I have taken in Congress and especially on this day I cast my vote for what I believe to be in the best interest of the safety of the American people and our allies and what is fundamentally in the national security of the United States.”

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Obama’s shameful appeasement of Iran

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By Robert B. Davis

President Obama is implementing the Iran nuclear agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with Machiavellian, unconstitutional stratagems.  He circumvented the Constitution by not submitting the agreement as a treaty, whose ratification would require a two-thirds Senate majority.  He enshrined the accord in international law at the UN Security Council, presenting Congress with a fait accompli.

Congress could only review the JCPOA and related agreements and accept or reject Obama’s waver of Iran sanctions.  Congress never received the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s confidential agreements with Iran, containing the inspection regime, as required by the Corker-Cardin bill passed earlier in 2015.  Congress opposed the agreement, but the President will uphold it, with the House of Representatives failing to achieve a veto-proof majority.  Senate Democrats already defeated one cloture motion, likely denying Senators any vote at all.

These unsavory tactics were Obama’s only recourse.  The one-sided deal is unpopular.  Iran committed to cutting centrifuges by almost two-thirds, as well as reducing uranium enrichment from 20 percent to 3.67 percent and enriched uranium to 300 kilograms.  It agreed to redesign the Arak heavy water reactor, designed to produce weapons-grade plutonium.  However, only declared nuclear sites will be subject to 24/7 inspections.  Secretary of State Kerry accepted Ayatollah Khameini and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif’s refusal to delineate previous efforts to weaponize nuclear technology.  Without baseline knowledge, assessments of the potential for nuclear break-out are problematic.  Defense Minister Dehgen states he will not allow inspection of military sites.

The IAEA must petition Iran for access to undeclared sites, giving it 24 days to comply.  Factoring in dispute resolution, this could mean two to three months.  The lifting of sanctions and dispersal of over $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets is front-loaded.  Kerry reassured Congress sanctions could be “snapped back,” but the JCPOA states a snap back releases Iran from its obligations.  The Europeans are rushing to sign contracts with Iran, and these will be “grandfathered.”  Snap back would only be invoked in extreme circumstances.  No graduated penalties exist for lesser infractions, meaning no effective enforcement regime exists, encouraging Iran to engage in a “sneak out” strategy.

https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/253406-obamas-shameful-appeasement-of-iran

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Iran says finds unexpectedly high uranium reserve

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Reuters – 7 hours ago

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has discovered an unexpectedly high reserve of uranium and will soon begin extracting the radioactive element at a new mine, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation said on Saturday.

The comments cast doubt on previous assessments from some Western analysts who said the country had a low supply and would sooner or later would need to import uranium, the raw material needed for its nuclear program.

Any indication Iran could become more self-sufficient will be closely watched by world powers, which reached a landmark deal with Tehran in July over its program. They had feared the nuclear activities were aimed at acquiring the capability to produce atomic weapons – something denied by Tehran.

“I cannot announce (the level of) Iran’s uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves,” Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

Salehi said uranium exploration had covered almost two-thirds of Iran and would be complete in the next four years.

Uranium can be used for civilian power production and scientific purposes, but is also a key ingredient in nuclear weapons.

The July deal between Iran and world powers will lift international sanctions on Iran in exchange for at least a decade of curbs on the country’s nuclear activity.

After decades of efforts, Iran – which has consistently said its program is for peaceful purposes – has achieved a full nuclear fuel cycle, ranging from the extraction of uranium ore to enrichment and production of fuel rods for nuclear reactors.

Sanctions on companies taking part in Iran’s uranium mining industry will be lifted when the agreement is implemented.

Salehi said uranium extraction was set to begin at a new mine in the central province of Yazd, according to IRNA.

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/iran-says-finds-unexpectedly-high-uranium-104622948.html

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Rep. Scott Garrett : With Iran Nuke Deal “the Obama Administration failed the American people, it failed our allies around the world, and it failed future generations”

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September 11,2015

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Ridgewoood NJ,Rep Scott Garrett R-NJ 5th District ,voted NO on the Obama Admin , seemingly suicidal Nuke Deal with Iran .Garret made his strongest statement yet  on the Administrations latest foreign Policy fiasco .

The somberness of the 14th anniversary of 9/11 ,Garrett commented that , “We will never forget those we lost. We will never forget those who ran into danger to help their fellow man and woman. We will never forget that evil forces still conspire to destroy our very way of life. And we will never forget those who sacrifice everything to defend our freedom.”

Garrett adressed the Iran Nuke deal vote specifically saying , “Today I voted against this terrible Iran nuclear deal. If enacted, this deal will give Iran sanctions relief and a path to obtaining a nuclear weapon while jeopardizing the security of the United States and its allies. It will allow Iran to generate weapons grade nuclear materials in 15 years, possess intercontinental ballistic missiles in eight years, and receive a multi-billion dollar financial windfall in sanctions relief to fund their nuclear program.

As a member of the special committee that implemented sanctions on Iran, I understand the severity of this situation. The Obama Administration failed the American people, it failed our allies around the world, and it failed future generations that will live in a more dangerous world with a nuclear-armed Iran. This fight isn’t over. I will continue to do everything in my power to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of known terrorists”

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Says Israel Won’t Exist in 25 Years

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By THOMAS ERDBRINKSEPT. 9, 2015

TEHRAN — Iran’s supreme leader predicted Wednesday that Israelwould not exist in 25 years, and ruled out any new negotiations with the “Satan,” the United States, beyond the recently completed nuclear accord.

In remarks published Wednesday on his personal website and in posts on Twitter, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responded to what he said were claims that Israel would be safe for that period under the nuclear agreement reached in July.

“After nuclear negotiations, the Zionist regime said that they will not be worried about Iran in the next 25 years,” Ayatollah Khameneiwrote. “I am telling you, first, you will not be around in 25 years’ time, and God willing, there will be no Zionist regime in 25 years. Second, during this period, the spirit of fighting, heroism and jihad will keep you worried every moment.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also emphasized, as he had in past months, that he would not allow any new negotiations with the United States. Politically moderate government officials, including the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have raised the possibility of discussing a solution for the war in Syria with the United States and its allies

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/10/world/middleeast/iran-ayatollah-khamenei-israel-will-not-exist.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

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Trump: Iran deal makes us ‘look like fools’

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By Mark Hensch

Donald Trump rallied opponents of the Iran nuclear deal at the Capitol on Wednesday, slamming President Obama’s diplomatic pact as an embarrassment to the country.

“We are led by very, very stupid people,” Trump told a crowd gathered on the Capitol’s west lawn.

“We are going to get nothing,” he said of the nuclear deal. “They rip us off, they take our money, they make us look like fools.”

Trump, who has become the front-runner in the GOP race for the White House, said the United States bungled the negotiations over the Iran pact, which will lift sanctions on Iran’s economy in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.

“Never, ever in my lifetime have I seen a transaction negotiated so incompetently,” he said.

“We will have so much winning if I get elected you’ll get bored of winning,” the business mogul added. “We are going to start winning big league.”

Trump wasn’t the only presidential contender on hand for the rally. He was preceded onstage by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a rival for the 2016 nomination who has at times defended Trump from criticism.

https://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/253083-trump-iran-deal-makes-us-look-like-fools

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Cory Booker Convenes Emergency ‘Summit’ for Jews Upset Over Iran Vote

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The Question Remains :What did Cory get to Vote for the Iran Nuke Deal ?
PolitickerNJ’s sister site, Observer.com, is reporting that Sen. Cory Booker will be hosting a pair of meetings designed to shore up support in the Jewish community in the wake of his controversial decision to support the president’s Iran deal. PolitickerNJ Staff, Politickernj Read more

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Bi-Partisan DC Rally to Oppose the Iran Nuke Deal

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NJ bus to DC, we share the following information:

There is a bus leaving from Fairlawn, NJ.
For info: 201-773-3788 or 201-562-3787
or email:   iarolovich@gmail.com

We understand the cost for the bus is $40 and that is leaves from Plaza Road & Fairlawn Avenue, at 7:00 – PLEASE CONFIRM ALL THAT INFORMATION WHEN YOU SPEAK TO THE INDIVIDUAL NOTED ABOVE.

This is not our bus and we have no further information on it…..regrets.

March on the West Lawn of the Capitol, 2:00 p.m.
Following the OU sponsored event, a coalition of organizations including the ZOA, CUFI, Heritage Action and more will gather at 2:00 p.m. on Capitol Hill (on the West Lawn) for a broader gathering which we encourage you to attend as well.

This rally will be addressed by, among others, leading Members of Congress who oppose the deal.

Theses bi-partisan rallies of people from all across America to convince Congress to reject this dangerous deal will take place in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Speakers include Democrats, Republicans, businessmen, politicians, scholars, retired generals and such presidential candidates as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

See: www.MarchToSaveAmerica.org for information known and kept secret on the deal.

We are, after all, “WE THE PEOPLE”!!!!!

In Liberty,

NJ Tea Party Coalition

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How bad is the Iran deal? Let’s count the ways

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By Amir Taheri

September 5, 2015 | 1:28pm

A fatwa that doesn’t exist, a wish list that no one signed, a resolution that contradicts the wish list, a protocol that no one has seen…

These are the elements with which President Obama claims he has concocted a strategy to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions and stop it exporting murder and mayhem.

Supposedly issued by Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei, the fatwa declares nuclear weapons as “illicit” (haram) in Islam.

Obama cites it as “proof” that Iran does not intend to build a bomb. The president has never said he has seen the fatwa, which, in any case, would have no legal or religious weight.

However, those who refer to the fatwa, including some mullahs, always credit Obama as the source of their information. In the 18th century, Mullah Sadra liked to say that “you will see only if you believe.” He has a disciple in Obama.

https://nypost.com/2015/09/05/how-bad-is-the-iran-deal-lets-count-the-ways/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPFacebook&utm_medium=SocialFlow

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Donald Trump: Nuclear deal calls for US to defend Iran against Israeli attack

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By JPOST.COM STAFF
09/03/2015

“If Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel,” Republican presidential candidate tells CNN.
In a telephone interview with CNN Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran’s aid.

Trump has vocally opposed the deal since announcing his run for president, saying that the United States “should have doubled up the sanctions for another couple of months” and that the 24-day notice Iran receives before sites can be inspected is unacceptable.

But Trump added an unconventional twist to the opposition argument, suggesting that under the terms of the deal the United States was required to fight alongside Iran if Israel were to attack.

“You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about,” the real estate mogul said. “And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense.”

Trump added, “And I’m saying this – that includes Israel? And most people say, yes. So, if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.”

In one of its annexes, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action calls for cooperation by Western powers with Iran on nuclear safety “as appropriate.” Such cooperation may include training and workshops for Iran to ward against sabotage of its declared, legal civilian nuclear facilities.

https://www.jpost.com/landedpages/printarticle.aspx?id=415079

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Auth Wants NJ Congressional Delegation to Vote No on Iran Deal

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Assemblyman Robert Auth (R-39) will introduce an Assembly resolution calling on members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to oppose the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Congress is scheduled to vote on the agreement later this month. While U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) stoutly opposes the agreement, his colleague, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), has yet to issue a stand. Max Pizarro, PolitickerNJ Read more

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Iran Vows to Violate UN Restrictions on Ballistic Missiles

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BY: Adam Kredo
September 1, 2015 4:00 pm

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that the Islamic Republic would violate outstanding United Nations restrictions governing the country’s ballistic missile program and that the behavior would not violate the recent nuclear accord, according to a translation of the leader’s remarks performed by the CIA’s Open Source Center.

Iran is “not committed to the restrictions on its missile program,” according to a recent comment made by Rouhani, who said  a violation of  international restrictions would not impact the nuclear accord recently reached with global powers.

“We have formally announced that we are not committed to these provisions [related to missiles] mentioned in [the] U.N. resolution,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in an Aug. 29 Persian language speech broadcast on Iran’s state-controlled television networks.

It is written into the nuclear accord that a violation of U.N. bans on Iran’s missile program will not impact the deal.

https://freebeacon.com/national-security/iran-vows-to-violate-un-restrictions-on-ballistic-missiles/